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NEW: CAFO Study of COVID-19 Impact on Vulnerable Children and the Organizations that Serve Them

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact life across the globe.  As in virtually all crises, the most impacted are often those who are already the most vulnerable, including children at risk.  To learn more about how this unprecedented situation is influencing the lives of vulnerable children and families, the CAFO Center for Applied Research, Samford […]


FREE CAFO Family Devotional Event & Guide – September 10 – Responding to Evil

Our world today often feels out-of-sorts.  Hurting.  Upside-down.  We feel it.  Our kids do, too.  From the constraints of COVID … to the pain of racial conflict … to personal anxiety. It all leaves us asking, “What do God’s people do when we encounter evil and brokenness in our world?” At 7 PM EST on […]


The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment

There Is Hope for Every Child, Every Parent, and Every Family Parenting under the best of circumstances can be difficult. And raising children who have come to your home from “hard places,” who have their own set of unique needs, brings even more challenges. You may have discovered that the techniques that worked with your […]


The Gospel Coalition Highlights Unique Struggles of Adoptive Families

The Gospel Coalition this week released a penetrating article spotlighting the sometimes-intense struggles that adoptive families can face, particularly as children who’ve experienced severe neglect or abuse enter adolescence. “As Adoption Ages: How Parents Are Handling Teen Challenges,” by Sarah Zylstra. The article’s title hints at the large number of families that adopted children a […]


On Speaking Up for Little Brothers

I have two older brothers which can be a mixed blessing.  On the one hand, you have someone to play baseball with.  On the other hand, you have someone who can throw a baseball REALLY hard and can hit you in the stomach with it when you are up to bat in your backyard, rendering […]


Executive Order to Strengthen Child Welfare

Fewer and fewer issues today transcend red versus blue political lines.  Thankfully, the protection and well-being of children still often does. Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order designed to strengthen America’s child welfare system.  Analysts and advocates are sifting through the details, but the objectives of the order and the high-level directives it carries […]